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A 19-year-old male asked:

How to identify that a genital rash is herpes or not?

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Dr. William Haehl
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Painful Blisters: Herpes is a rash of painful small blister usually in clusters. It is often recurrent. Have you had blisters in the area previously? You should see a doctor ASAP for diagnosis because they are treatable but need to start treatment early in course. The diagnosis is paramount for future treatment and to prevent spread to partner and especially regarding implications of herpes and future pregnancy.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

If a genital rash does appear how can you know whether or not it is herpes?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Vessicles: Sometimes it is difficult to definately diagnose a herpes simplex genetal rash. If you have had a recent new unprotected sexual contact and if you have clusters of little tiny blisters (vessicles) you have genital herpes. This vessicular rash will tend to recur in the same location if it is herpes. The recurrences are less severe than the initial episode.

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Last updated May 1, 2015

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